- Dacian Fortresses
- Danube Delta
- Exclusive Tour
- Fortified Churches
- Holiday in Bucovina
- Holiday in Maramures
- Holiday in Transylvania
- Holiday to Romania
- Long Tour
- Meals included
- Medieval Castles
- Medieval Cities
- Medieval Fortresses
- Painted Monasteries
- Private Tour
- Salt Mines
- Saxon Villages
- Tours in Bucovina
- Tours in Maramures
- Tours in Moldavia
- Tours in Romania
- Tours in Transylvania
- Traditional Food
- Traditional Villages
- UNESCO World Heritage Sites
- Wooden Churches
EXPERIENCE ROMANIA’S RICH HISTORY AND UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITES ON A TAILORED TOUR
Embark on a journey through the stunning landscapes, medieval towns, and historic landmarks of Romania with the UNESCO Wonders of Romania tour. Our expert guides will take you on an unforgettable experience, as you explore the country’s rich cultural heritage, from the painted monasteries of Bucovina to the fortified churches of Transylvania.
Discover the unique customs and traditions of Romania’s diverse regions, including the rustic charm of Maramures, the scenic beauty of the Carpathian Mountains, and the natural wonders of the Danube Delta. Experience the warm hospitality of the locals as you visit traditional markets, enjoy authentic local dining, and stay in charming, locally-owned accommodations.
With over 18 UNESCO World Heritage Sites included in the tour, you will have the chance to see some of Romania’s most iconic landmarks, such as the painted monasteries of Bucovina, the medieval citadel of Sighisoara, and the fortified church of Biertan. Immerse yourself in the local culture with home-hosted experiences, where you will meet local artists, craftsmen, and musicians, and learn about their traditional way of life.
At the end of your journey, you will have a deeper understanding of Romania’s rich history and culture, as well as unforgettable memories of the beautiful landscapes, delicious cuisine, and friendly people you encountered along the way. Book your UNESCO Wonders of Romania tour today and discover the best that this beautiful country has to offer.
The tour can be personalised according to your time and points of interest.
Itinerary: Bucharest – the Black Sea Coast – Histria Fortress – Danube Delta Private Cruise – Bucovina Exterior Painted Monasteries – Bistrita Walking Tour – Wooden Churches of Maramures – Steam Train Trip – Maramures Region Highlights & Folklore Show – Historic Center of Sighisoara – Saxon Villages with Fortified Churches in Transylvania – Sibiu Walking Tour – Exclusive Gypsy Home Visit – Alba Iulia – Rimetea Traditional Village – Turda Salt Mine – Ancient Gold Mines with the Romans Galleries – Gold Museum – Densus Stone Church – Sarmizegetusa Regia Dacian Fortress – Monastery of Horezu – Curtea de Arges Monastery – Brasov Walking Tour – Prejmer Fortified Church – Bran Castle – Sinca Secular Forest – Peles Castle
|DEPARTURE/RETURN||Bucharest (or any other city at request)|
|TRANSPORTATION||Fully insured car/minivan with climate control|
|TOURIST GUIDE||Certified English-Speaker Tourist Guide (speakers of other languages at request)|
|18 UNESCO World Heritage Sites and 7 on the Tentative List||Danube Delta (Danube Delta Biosphere Reserve)
Surdesti Wooden Church (Maramures Wooden Churches)
Budesti Wooden Church (Maramures Wooden Churches)
Barsana Wooden Church (Maramures Wooden Churches)
Ieud Wooden Church (Maramures Wooden Churches)
Voronet Monastery (Bucovina Exterior Painted Monasteries)
Moldovita Monastery (Bucovina Exterior Painted Monasteries)
Sucevita Monastery (Bucovina Exterior Painted Monasteries)
Humor Monastery (Bucovina Exterior Painted Monasteries)
Sarmizegetusa Regia (Dacian Fortresses of the Orăștie Mountains)
Historic Center of Sighisoara
Biertan Fortified Church (Villages with Fortified Church in Transylvania)
Calnic Fortified Church (Villages with Fortified Church in Transylvania)
Saschiz Fortified Church (Villages with Fortified Church in Transylvania)
Viscri Fortified Church (Villages with Fortified Church in Transylvania)
Prejmer Fortified Church (Villages with Fortified Church in Transylvania)
Sinca Secular Forest (Primeval Beech Forests of the Carpathians and Other Regions of Europe)
Monastery of Horezu
Historic Centre of Sibiu and its Ensemble of Squares (Tentative List for UNESCO World Heritage Sites)
Historic Town of Alba Iulia (Tentative List for UNESCO World Heritage Sites)
Rimetea Traditional Village and Surroundings (Tentative List for UNESCO World Heritage Sites)
Ancient Gold Mines with the Romans Galleries (Tentative List for UNESCO World Heritage Sites)
Densus Stone Church (Tentative List for UNESCO World Heritage Sites)
Greceanu Fortified Mansion – Cula (Tentative List for UNESCO World Heritage Sites)
Curtea de Arges Byzantine Monastery (Tentative List for UNESCO World Heritage Sites)
TOUR HIGHLIGHTS AND UNIQUE CULTURAL CONNECTIONS
- Discover Romania’s rich cultural heritage on a fully customizable tour with expert local guides, visiting no less than 18 UNESCO World Heritage Sites across the country’s most beautiful regions;
- Immerse yourself in the daily life and traditions of local communities in Maramures, Transylvania, and Wallachia, with opportunities to meet Gypsies, visit traditional markets, and dine in authentic local homes;
- Sample the delicious local cuisine of Romania’s four big regions, from traditional delights to Bucovina and Danube Delta lunch, while enjoying horse cart rides and home-made dinners;
- Explore stunning architectural and natural wonders, including medieval fortified churches, painted monasteries, virgin forests, and the breathtaking Danube Delta on a private boat trip;
- Meet local artists and craftsmen, including woodcarvers, icon designers, potters, and egg painters, in their workshops and learn about traditional arts and crafts;
- Stay in characterful, centrally located accommodations and local homes in Maramures, Wallachia, and Transylvania, providing an authentic glimpse into Romanian life;
- Benefit from the exceptional knowledge and expertise of Romania’s top-rated licensed tourist guides, who provide guided walks and exclusive tours tailored to your interests and travel style;
- Discover the self-sufficiency and sustainability of remote Saxon villages in Transylvania and Maramures, and interact with locals through our authentic cultural connections;
- Take the opportunity to customize your tour to your requirements, choosing your own route, duration, and features;
- Meet and interact with locals in all home-hosted experiences and local markets, and learn about the culture, traditions, and customs of Romania’s diverse communities;
- See the stunning Peles Castle, a masterpiece of neo-Renaissance architecture and former summer residence of the Romanian royal family, as well as other historic landmarks on a guided tour;
- Experience the beauty and grandeur of Romania’s UNESCO-listed attractions, from the painted monasteries of Bucovina to the fortified churches of Transylvania and the Danube Delta biosphere reserve;
- Travel in comfort and style, with our climate controled vehicles, ensuring a stress-free and enjoyable journey;
- Create unforgettable memories of Romania’s scenic landscapes, charming medieval towns, and historic landmarks on this comprehensive and fully customizable tour.
|DEPARTURE/RETURN||Bucharest (it can be changed at your request)|
|TRANSPORTATION||Fully insured car/minivan with climate control|
|TOURIST GUIDE||Certified English-Speaker Tourist Guide (speakers of other languages at request)|
Day 1: Bucharest Arrival
Once you arrive at your hotel, you will have the rest of the day to explore Bucharest on your own or you can relax and take advantage of the hotel’s facilities. Regardless of how you choose to spend your time, you will have an opportunity to get a taste of Romania’s vibrant culture and hospitality from the very first day of your tour.
Day 2: the Black Sea Coast – Histria Fortress – Tulcea
In the afternoon, drive to Mamaia, Romania’s largest sea resort, established by King Carol I in the second half of the 19th century, and continue north to the ruins of the ancient town of Histria.
In the evening, arrive at Tulcea, located at the entrance to the Danube Delta. Enjoy dinner on your own at the Ivan Pescar – Fish Bar or explore other local dining options.
Day 3: Private Danube Delta Private Cruise (UNESCO World Heritage Site) with Lunch – Galati Ferry – Bucovina
Your expert tour guide and skipper, who knows all the channels, will lead your tour through the narrow channels, and you’ll have the chance to admire the Delta’s scenic beauty and wildlife. The Danube Delta is known as a birdwatcher’s paradise, so keep your eyes peeled for rare and beautiful bird species.
As you cruise along, enjoy a delicious lunch on board the boat, featuring traditional Delta cuisine that’s certain to provide an interesting lunch experience.
After your amazing Danube Delta cruise, it’s time to depart for the beautiful Bucovina region, where you’ll cross the Danube on the ferry at Galati.
After arriving in Bucovina, your guide will take you on a short orientation tour of the city, and then you’ll arrive at your 4-star hotel, where you can unwind and enjoy the rest of your evening at your leisure. Dinner is on your own, and your guide can provide recommendations for the best local restaurants to try.
Day 4: Bucovina Painted Monasteries (UNESCO World Heritage Sites) & Traditional Lunch – Black Pottery Workshop
Your next stop will be the Voronet Painted Monastery, one of the most famous and important painted monasteries in the region. Known as the “Sistine Chapel of the Orient”, it features breathtaking frescoes, including one of the best Last Judgment frescoes in this part of the world. The Voronet Blue used in the frescoes is considered unique in the world.
The tour continues with visits to the Moldovita, Sucevita, and Humor Painted Monasteries, all of which are listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Each monastery has its unique features and attractions, including towers, gates, and impressive frescoes depicting various biblical scenes.
At lunchtime, you will enjoy a traditional Bucovina lunch in the picturesque village of Sucevita. After lunch, you will visit a black pottery workshop, where you can see how pottery has been made in the region since the 1500s, using a unique technique called “oxygen reduction”.
In the early evening, you will arrive at the hotel, tired but fulfilled after a day spent exploring the unique and fascinating sights of Bucovina.
Day 5: Egg Painting Workshop – Bistrita Walking Tour – Borgo Pass – Woman Museum – Ieud Wooden Church (UNESCO World Heritage Site) – Home Hosted Dinner in Maramures
Continuing our journey, we travel to Bistrita, one of the seven fortified cities built by the Saxons in Transylvania. Here, we take a walking tour of the city center, which includes the Coopers Tower, the Silversmith’s House, the Great Square, the Union Square, and the Orthodox Church. Fans of Bram Stoker’s novel, “Dracula,” will recognize Bistrita as the town where Jonathan Harker stayed before going to Dracula’s castle.
Afterwards, we follow Harker’s path to the imaginary Dracula’s castle and arrive at Borgo Pass. We then head to the remote and beautiful region of Maramures, known as the Land of Wood.
In Dragomiresti, we will visit the unique Woman Museum, located in a 300-year-old home. We then visit the Ieud on the Hill wooden church, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that features an attic where the oldest known example of written Romanian language, the Codex of Ieud, was discovered.
Accommodation for the night is in a private house in a traditional Maramures village. You will enjoy a home-hosted dinner with traditional, locally-sourced dishes, and a sample of the famous homemade plum brandy that is part of the local culture. This experience will give you a genuine taste of the Maramures way of life and the warmth of its people.
Day 6: Steam Train Trip with Picnic Lunch – Barsana Wooden Church (UNESCO World Heritage Site) – Home Hosted Dinner in Maramures
After the train ride, the tour continues along the picturesque Iza River Valley, providing an excellent opportunity to witness daily life in this corner of Romania. The first stop is at the exquisite Barsana Monastery, located in the village of Barsana. This impressive site is a prime example of Maramures wooden church architecture at its best.
Next up is another Maramures wooden church, the Barsana Wooden Church. This site is also recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and its intricate wooden carvings are a true testament to the skill of the local craftsmen.
During the day, you will learn about the region’s dowry traditions and admire the wonderfully carved wooden gates of Maramures End the day with a delicious home made dinner at the same accommodation.
Day 7: Exclusive Walking Tour – Sighetu Marmatiei – Communism Memorial – Sapanta Merry Cemetery – Dinner with Folklore Show
Continuing on, you’ll visit a natural whirlpool still used by local women to wash carpets and blankets, where you’ll have the opportunity to witness a centuries-old tradition that’s still practiced today. Afterward, you’ll visit the colorful fruit and vegetable market in the town’s open-air market, where you can sample the delicious local produce and chat with the friendly vendors.
Next, you’ll visit the Memorial of the Victims of Communism and of the Resistance, which was once a political prison during the communist regime. This somber memorial serves as a reminder of the dark past of Romania and pays homage to those who suffered and lost their lives during that time. Alongside Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Battle of Normandy Memorial, this is one of the main memorial sites of Europe.
Afterward, you’ll visit the house of Nobel Prize Winner, Elie Wiesel, who was born in this Romanian town. Here, you’ll learn about his life and the impact he had on the world as a writer, political activist, and Holocaust survivor.
Continuing west, you’ll reach the village of Sapanta, famous for its Merry Cemetery, where each wooden cross carries a funny epitaph about the person’s life. This unique cemetery is a celebration of life and a reflection of the Maramures culture’s cheerful and colorful approach to death. Before returning to your accommodation, you’ll take in a view of the tallest wooden structure in the world, Sapanta Peri monastery, an impressive structure that’s a testament to the skill and craftsmanship of the local carpenters.
In the evening, you’ll enjoy a delicious home-hosted dinner, where you’ll have the opportunity to sample traditional Maramures cuisine and enjoy an exclusively organized folklore show. This will be a night to remember, filled with music, dance, and laughter, and a perfect end to another unforgettable day on the UNESCO Wonders of Romania tour.
Day 8: Surdesti & Budesti Wooden Churches (UNESCO World Heritage Sites) – Organic Smoked Bacon Tasting with Home-made Lunch – Sighisoara Walking Tour (UNESCO World Heritage Site)
Afterwards, we’ll visit the Historic Centre of Sighisoara, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the only still-inhabited medieval citadel in Europe. Before embarking on our walking tour of old Sighisoara, your guide will provide an informal talk about the legendary Vlad the Impaler – Dracula, separating fact from fiction. Explore the Citadel’s two squares, the Scholars’ Staircase, the Tinsmiths’ Tower, the House with Antler, and the Tower with Clock. Sighisoara is also believed to be the birthplace of Vlad the Impaler.
Our accommodation for the evening is in the Upper Town, and we also offer an optional Transylvanian wine tasting in a 500-year-old cellar in Sighisoara. Join us on the eighth day for an unforgettable day of cultural exploration and immersion.
***Optional: Transylvanian wine tasting in a 500-year old cellar in Sighisoara
Day 9: Saxon Village of Saschiz & Viscri and Biertan with the Fortified Church (UNESCO World Heritage Sites) – Exclusive Viscri Village Tour & Traditional Lunch – Exclusive Gypsy Home Visit – Sibiu
The journey continues to Viscri village, one of the oldest in Transylvania. Here, savor a traditional lunch prepared by your host with locally sourced ingredients in their traditional Saxon house. After lunch, take an exclusive tour of the village, visit the Fortified Church, and meet a traditional blacksmith in his workshop, all while riding in a horse cart.
Later, you will visit Biertan, where you will get to explore the most impressive fortified church in Transylvania, and learn about its history as the former seat of the Lutheran Bishops of Transylvania.
This day also includes an exclusive visit to a Gypsy home, where you will learn about their culture and lifestyle.
Finally, you will reach Sibiu and enjoy a brief orientation tour on the way to the centrally-located 4* hotel where you will be accommodated.
Day 10: Sibiu Walking Tour – Saxon Village of Calnic with the Fortified Church (UNESCO World Heritage Site) – Alba Iulia Citadel – Turda Salt Mine – Home Hosted Dinner in Rimetea Traditional Village
After your walking tour, it’s time to hit the road and head to Calnic Fortified Church, located in a small village that is home to one of the most impressive UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Romania. This fortified church is like a small citadel on a hill in the middle of the village. Originally built as a private residence sometime in the 13th century, it was sold to the Saxon villagers in 1430, who transformed it into a proper fortification that could save their lives during the numerous raids on the village. The church is a stunning example of medieval architecture and has been beautifully preserved.
After your visit to Calnic, your next stop is the city of Alba Iulia, famous for its Vauban-style citadel. The citadel is an impressive fortress that has played an important role in Romanian history for centuries. Alba Iulia’s citadel will teach you more about the history of Romanians, from ancient times to the present day. The town is of great importance to the Romanian people, mainly because here on December 1, 1918, the document of Unification of Transylvania with the Kingdom of Romania was signed.
Before reaching Rimetea, your journey will take you to the town of Turda, where you will visit a very different kind of tourist attraction. The salt mine of Turda is an outstanding landmark on the map of Romania. The first excavations here date back to the 13th century, making it one of the oldest salt mines in the world. After 1932, this huge underground space was used as a bomb shelter during WWII and even as a cheese storage center. In 2012, Turda Salt Mine was very close to becoming the Batcave for Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises.
In the early evening, you will arrive in Rimetea Traditional village, which is a fascinating village that locals have prioritized conserving its unique patrimony. In the fast-changing rural landscape of Romania, this is a rare image that you will remember forever. You will be staying in a guesthouse and enjoy a home-hosted dinner prepared in a traditional way. This is a great opportunity to sample authentic Romanian cuisine and experience the warmth and hospitality of the locals.
Day 11: Exclusive Horse Cart Tour – Ancient Gold Mines with the Romans Galleries – the Gold Museum – Corvin Castle
Next, it’s time to explore the fascinating history of the Ancient Gold Mines with the Romans Galleries. This remarkable site offers a glimpse into the Roman Empire’s historic legacy in Romania, as it was constructed by miners who were brought here as colonists over 2,000 years ago. You’ll descend 157 steps to reach the galleries, which were created using a hammer and chisel in the early 2nd century. Marvel at the rectangular profile of the mine galleries, which showcase the skill of the ancient craftsmen who built them.
As you emerge from the ancient mines, your next stop is the Gold Museum in Brad. This unique museum is one of only three of its kind in the world, and the only one in Europe. You’ll gain a deeper understanding of the history of gold extraction in Romania, which dates back to before the first century. Learn about the importance of gold in human history, as one of the first metals used by humans, and marvel at the stunning exhibits that showcase the beauty and value of this precious metal.
Early in the afternoon, depart for Hunedoara to visit the awe-inspiring Corvin Castle, one of the largest and most well-preserved medieval castles in Europe. This Gothic-Renaissance castle was the home of the mighty Corvin/Hunyadi royal family, and its imposing towers and turrets still inspire awe in visitors today. Explore the castle’s many rooms, courtyards, and hidden passages, and imagine the dramas and intrigues that played out within these walls over the centuries.
After your visit to Corvin Castle, the evening is yours to enjoy at your leisure.
Day 12: Sarmizegetusa Regia Dacian Capital (UNESCO World Heritage Site) – Densus Stone Church – Greceanu Fortified Mansion – Monastery of Horezu (UNESCO World Heritage Site) – Dinner with Folklore Show
Next, we will visit the Densus Stone Church, a mysterious church with unknown origins that is believed to be the oldest church in Romania. Legend has it that it was a Roman pagan temple from the 4th century, and the combination of Byzantine style, Roman columns, and 15th-century paintings add to its allure.
As we cross the mountains, we will stop at Greceanu Fortified Mansion, a stunning example of the semi-fortified mansions of the local nobles, built in the 16th century as a residence and defence against outlaws’ invasions.
Before arriving at our accommodation, we will visit the beautiful Horezu Monastery, a masterpiece of the “Brancovean” style founded in 1690 by a Romanian prince. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is renowned for its architectural purity and balance, its sculptural detail, religious compositions, votive portraits, and painted decorative works.
In the evening, you will enjoy a delicious dinner at the guesthouse, complete with a Wallachian folklore show, showcasing the vibrant culture and traditions of the region.
Day 13: Curtea de Arges Monastery – Bran Castle – Prejmer Fortified Church (UNESCO World Heritage Site) – Brasov Walking Tour
Next up is Bran Castle, also known as Dracula Castle. Built in 1377 to protect the trading route between Transylvania and Wallachia, this medieval fortress has been enlarged and restored over the centuries and served as a royal residence in the 1920s under Queen Marie of Romania. Explore its winding staircases, secret passages, and spooky atmosphere before enjoying some free time for souvenir shopping.
Afterward, visit Prejmer village to see the Prejmer Fortified Church, the largest fortified church in South Eastern Europe and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The church was built in the 13th century by German settlers known as Saxons, who fortified it to protect themselves against Tartar and Turkish invasions. The church features a unique design with walls up to five meters thick and a maze of corridors and chambers that served as shelter during attacks.
Spend the remainder of the day in Brasov, one of the oldest and most important Saxon cities in Europe, dating back to 1235. Take a walking tour of the city’s Old Town and discover its many landmarks, including the magnificent Black Church – the largest Gothic-style church in South-Eastern Europe – featuring a collection of over one hundred Muslim prayer rugs. Visit Council Square, Catherine’s Gate, the Guild Towers, and the narrow Rope Street. After the walking tour, you’ll have the rest of the day to spend at your leisure in Brasov. In the evening, an optional dinner in a nearby village can be arranged if you wish to experience the local cuisine and drinks.
***An optional dinner in a nearby village can be arranged.
Day 14: Trekking Sinca Secular Forest (UNESCO World Heritage Site) with Picnic Lunch (Active Day) – Wildness Bear Observatory
Later, we will visit a Wildness Bear Observatory to see the brown bears in their natural environment. With around a 90% chance of seeing the enormous animals, you may be lucky enough to observe everything from large males to mothers playing with their cubs. The observatory is also home to other wildlife such as boar, roe, and red deer, as well as game birds. You will have the opportunity to take in the magnificent views of the natural habitat of these majestic animals.
In the late evening, we will return to Brasov, where you will have free time to enjoy the pedestrian area of the Old Town with its many restaurants and outdoor cafes.
Day 15: Peles Castle – Bucharest
After the castle tour, we will take a scenic drive to the charming town of Sinaia, also known as the “Pearl of the Carpathians.” Here, you will have a chance to explore the town’s many attractions, including the stunning Orthodox monastery and the famous Casino building. You can also enjoy the panoramic views of the surrounding mountains and take in the fresh mountain air.
Finally, the tour concludes with a transfer to your hotel or the airport in Bucharest, where you will say goodbye to your guide. If you choose to extend your stay in Bucharest, you can opt for a Bucharest City Tour, which offers a chance to explore Romania’s vibrant capital city and see its many landmarks, such as the Palace of the Parliament, the Revolution Square, and the Village Museum. Remember, the tour is fully customizable, so if you have any additional requests, we are happy to accommodate them.
***Optional: You can choose a Bucharest City Tour (requires one extra day)
NOTE: The tour is further customizable.
Traditional Romanian welcome dinner with Folklore Show
In the evening, you can opt to serve a traditional dinner at a local restaurant with an idyllic view, situated on the lakeshore in Bucharest’s most famous park, the Herastrau or Michael I Park. Here, you will enjoy a three-course meal dinner with wine included, and you will get a chance to discover the traditional Romanian folklore costumes while enjoying the dances of the local performers. The entire show displays authentic Romanian traditions and customs, from the sewn details on the white outfits of the dancers to the delighting music played by the local artists.
Three-hour trip in Ukraine, to Solotvina and Nyzhnya Apsha
After Sapanta Peri Monastery visit, you can chose to visit the Ukrainian Maramures with a visit to Solotvina, which is the Ukrainian part of the Romanian town. And you will have the chance to visit Nyzhnya Apsha village. This region was in Transylvania until 1920.
Extra full day Bucharest City Tour
After the breakfast, we will start the visit of the capital city of Romania. The day starts with a visit to the Village Museum, one of the most impressive open-air museums in Europe with century old original peasant households from all parts of Romania.
After, we will visit the world’s largest, heaviest and most expensive administrative building, the Palace of Parliament. Between the two communist landmarks, we will have a panoramic tour of the city with Victory Square and Avenue, Royal Palace and Revolution Square and a short stop and visit of the Romanian Athenaeum. Next, we will attend a visit to the former residence of Ceausescu family, the last communist leader of the Socialist Republic of Romania. In contradistinction with the Ceausescu former residence we will have an incursion back in time, in the communist time, where you will have the opportunity to experience life in the 80’s with the help of authentic decor and furniture, working appliances and household accessories, local drinks and homemade snacks and historical and archive footage.
Before arriving in the old city center we will stop in the Cotroceni Neighborhood where we will visit the Presidential Palace and a typical 1930s Bucharest Residence.
In the late afternoon, we will reach Bucharest’s Old Town, with the ruins of the Old Princely Court, known as Dracula’s residence, where the legend says that Vlad the Impaler was keeping his prisoners. We will take a sightseeing tour of this part of the city, filled with lively cafes and street food to see why the nickname of Bucharest is “The Little Paris”. The rest of the evening is on your own.
Three day Republic of Moldavia Extension with Tiraspol Tour
Extra Day 1: Bucovina – Iasi City Tour – Soroca
Extra Day 2: Soroca Fortress – Old Orhei with Traditional Lunch – Cricova Wine Cellars – Chisinau City Tour
Next, we travel south, stopping at the outstanding cave monastery of Old Orhei, which is organically combines the natural landscape and vestiges of ancient civilizations. A home-made lunch will be served in the village with the same name.
In the afternoon, you head to Cricova, where you will visit the largest wine cellar in the world and where you will enjoy some of the best Moldavian wines. The winery Cricova was founded in 1952 and it is one of the few wineries which produce sparkling wine using the Champagne Method. Before reaching the hotel, we will visit the capital city of Republic of Moldavia, which is one of the greenest city in Europe. The tour will reveal the Arch of Triumph, the Metropolitan Cathedral of Chisinau with the Belfry Tower and the Parliament of Moldavia. To have a sweet evening we will have a short stop at the famous “Bucuria” shop, which is the greatest enterprise specialized in the production of candies. The rest of the evening is at your leisure.
Extra Day 3: Bender Fortress – Tiraspol Tour – Bucovina
First, we will visit Bender Fortress, which was built in one the most powerful of the medieval cities of Moldavia – Tighina, which was an important trade outpost. Later we will cross Dnister in Transnistria, where you will understand why this is the world’s last Soviet republic in fact.
In Tiraspol we will visit Suvorov Plaza & Monument, Memorial of the WW2 and Afghanistan war, Lenin statue and more.
After the walking tour in Tiraspol we will go back to Bucovina, crossing back Prut River in Romania.